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Arab Movement for the Protection of Human Rights Organizations announces blacklist of pro-Brotherhood rights groups

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Mar 2019
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The Arab Movement for the Protection of Human Rights Organisations, the first Arab mechanism to monitor the performance of human rights organisations, has monitored the work of some international rights organizations on the region and found some serious violations that have affected their work, it said in a statement released on Monday.

The UN Charter affirms that the principle of the independence of the work of civil society organisations is one of the main axes towards fulfilling the role of these organisations in terms of their capacity and function to promote democratic space, freedoms and respect for human rights and influence legislation and laws to support the interests of the most marginalised and poor social groups of the community.

It is no secret that the human rights movement was affected by the political conflict between Qatar and the Arab quartet countries of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, reads the statement.

Unfortunately, that conflict reached the use of human rights tools in international forums and the exchange of distortion and misinformation about the human rights situation in the Arab region.

The movement, which is composed of several Arab organisations, has applied the criteria of independence and professionalism in terms of their monitoring, so that its ruling is built on the basis of universal rights and analysis of the content of their statements and activities in the international human rights institutions during the previous sessions.

Its names recorded violations of the criteria of independence, professionalism and integrity and the criteria for granting consultative status by insisting on providing a cover for the rights of extremist movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Houthi militia and issuing reports lacking a methodology for research on the human rights situation in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.

It also played a political role, with a focus on criticising the human rights situation in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE for Qatar, which is accused of financing terrorism and interfering in the sovereignty of the Arab countries.

Therefore, the Arab movement found it imperative to warn Arab societies and international mechanisms of those organisations by issuing a blacklist of the names of these organisations so that their movement will be noticed in the international human rights forums and in Arab and international public opinion.

The Arab Movement for the Protection of Human Rights Organisations also calls on the Swiss authorities to review the activities of the organisations in Switzerland and their sources of funding and monitor their expenditures.

Blacklist

1. Al-Karama Foundation (funded by the State of Qatar and founded by Abdel Rahman Al-Naimi, listed on the Global Terrorist Lists and operating in Geneva)
2. Cometti Four Giestes (a Swiss organization run by the Ahmad Farah brothers)
3. The International Center for Transitional Justice, based in New York
4. The Arab Organization for Human Rights in London
5. Liberty in London
6. Organization of Islamic Human Rights
7. International Foundation for the Defense of Human Rights Defenders
8. The Global Coalition for Rights and Freedoms and its headquarters in Geneva, Paris, Washington and London
9. Egyptians Abroad Organization for Democracy
10. Arab Organization for Criminal Reform
11. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
12. Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms
13. Adalah Center for Rights and Freedoms
14. My Center for Rights and Freedoms
15. The Freedom Initiative
16. Arab Foundation for Civil and Political Rights - Nidal
17. Al-Shehab for Human Rights
18. Human Rights Monitor

 

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